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OPIC and solar energy: Bolstering renewable resources in development

April 22, 2014

This year’s Earth Day focus is sustainable cities and how the world’s cities are responding to our climate change challenge. Roughly 5.2 billion people are projected to live in the world’s urban communities by 2050. Developing energy sources, transportation systems and land management will help determine how best to facilitate this global challenge. For more than 40 years, the Overseas
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OPIC board approves six deals in sectors from renewable resources to small business lending

March 20, 2014

OPIC’s Board of Directors approved commitments of OPIC support to the following projects at its March 20 meeting: Risk-sharing agreements to support Citi lending in developing countries. Two risk-sharing agreements designed to provide OPIC guarantee of loans made by Citibank to borrowers in OPIC-eligible countries around the world for both commercial lending and microfinance loans. OPIC’s guarantee limit through the
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Spotlight on OPIC Impact Award winners: SunEdison

March 19, 2014

On a quiet plain in the rural center of South Africa sits a small town called Boshof. It’s far from the bustling cities of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and hundreds of miles from the dramatic, hilly coastline of the Cape of Good Hope. But Boshof, in the country’s underdeveloped Free State, is the site of a major project to generate
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Big visions, greater rewards – a look at the OPIC Impact Awards

March 14, 2014

By Judith Pryor Vice President, Office of External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation It’s hard to believe that the inaugural OPIC Impact Awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday, March 11, has already come and gone. I couldn’t think of a better way to showcase all that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation embodies than by honoring the outstanding work of several
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Who are the heroes of sustainable development?

March 13, 2014

Our friends at the ONE Campaign joined us in celebrating this week’s OPIC Impact Awards. This post, which originally ran their blog, promotes sustainable development, which comprises an impressive portion of OPIC’s portfolio. In 2013, the Agency supported a record $1.2 billion in renewable energy projects, including in the wind, solar, hydro-power and biomass sectors. Often, creating sustainable development projects
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OPIC’s Impact Awards: A recap in photos

March 12, 2014

OPIC’s March 11 inaugural Impact Awards ceremony was a big success and helped us highlight the ways our clients are making a difference around the world. In this post we showcase the winners. Global Partnerships: Access to Finance Award OPIC loan recipient Global Partnerships, one of the three clients awarded the Access to Finance award, facilitates small microfinance loans in
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Collaboration among development institutions can catalyze more green investments in the developing world

September 10, 2013

By Brian O’Hanlon, Director of Business Development, Political and Sovereign Risk Last week, I joined OPIC President and CEO, Elizabeth Littlefield and OPIC Chief of Staff John Morton for an unprecedented event in the world of development finance. CEOs and representatives from 15 development finance institutions (DFIs) met in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss how to scale up climate finance in
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Featured Photo: ACORE and OPIC discuss growth of global renewable energy

August 16, 2013

On August 15, OPIC Political Risk Insurance Director Brian O’Hanlon, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Senior Associate Risa Edelman, OPIC Renewable Resources Managing Director Lynn Tabernacki, and ACORE Vice President of Corporate Relations Tom Weirich hosted the Inaugural Meeting of ACORE’s International Programs Steering Committee.  The Committee, which met with colleagues working in the renewable energy sector at OPIC’s Headquarters,
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Client spotlight: Global Partnerships invests more than just money in poor communities in Latin America

July 29, 2013

What do the world’s poor people need? Money is one simple answer, but money alone is often not enough to support long-term solutions to put individuals and communities on the path to prosperity. Seattle-based Global Partnerships is one OPIC client that has successfully combined microfinance lending with additional non-financial services such as education, training and healthcare to poor communities in Latin
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Powering Africa: A massive challenge and a major investment opportunity

July 26, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa has seen significant economic progress in recent years with growth rates in many countries that are among the highest in the world, and large numbers of once poor people joining the middle class. But this recent progress sits against a backdrop of major ongoing developmental challenges, many of them related to access to electricity. Because it is essential
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